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Customer Reviews 111 Reviews

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by P. Keereman (7/17/2016):

I really like this eq, especially on vocals, but also on the mix buss. Read more

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Overview

Maag EQ4® EQ Plug-In
developed by Brainworx

A Transparent, Breathy EQ that Brings your Tracks to Life.

Maag History

In a self-professed quest for “audio perfection,” Cliff Maag designed the EQ4 to provide unparalleled transparency and top-end presence while maintaining a true, natural sound. Based on his classic — and long-discontinued — NTI EQ3 from the ’80s, the EQ4 features Maag’s legendary Air Band control, a major component to the vocal mix chain on Madonna’s Ray of Light as well as Celine Dion’s Taking Chances.

Designed in conjunction with Brainworx, the Maag EQ4 Plug-In is an expertly rendered emulation of this modern classic EQ for your UAD-2 DSP Accelerator or Apollo-equipped workstation.

Now You Can…

  • Add natural, musical presence to vocals, acoustic guitars, and overheads
  • Easily elevate top-end without harshness or hiss
  • Use five-position Air Band control to quickly inject life into dull tracks
  • Make musical broadstroke EQ moves while preserving original source material

A Musical EQ for Any Instrument

Maag designed the single channel, six-band EQ4 to “lift the blanket” from source material and enhance high-end energy without imparting raspy artifacts or phase reversal. But the Maag EQ4 plug-in isn’t just engineered for high-frequency detail — it shapes signals from the top to the bottom with unfettered musicality.

 

Shape the Low End

Whether you need to jettison a polluting, ultra-low rumble, or simply increase the beef of a kick drum, the Sub control is a powerful tool. The 40 Hz band allows further low-end sculpting as it can open up the bass response in your mixes, make a kick drum bigger, or deftly smooth-out an electric bass.


 

Add Punch and Clarity

The 160 Hz band can be used to reduce unwanted resonance in vocals or punch up a kick drum, whereas a boost in the 650 Hz band will make vocals clearer and more intelligible. Conversely, cutting this band will make them less direct sounding in the mix.


 

Sculpt Presence

The 2.5 kHz band is indispensable for controlling the bite of vocals or accentuating the aggression of heavy guitar sounds.

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Air Band

The Maag EQ4 plug-in’s Air Band feature is renowned for its ability to bring an organic sheen to any source. A boost-only shelf at 2.5 kHz, 5 kHz, 10 kHz, 20 kHz, and 40 kHz, the Air Band is smooth, sweet, and pleasant sounding, as it opens up the top end response of a single track or an entire mix — even when pushed — like no other EQ.

 

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Reviews

Reviews

  • Dylan "3-D" Dresdow

    (Black Eyed Peas, Usher, Michael Jackson)

    "The Maag Audio EQ4 is 6 bands of awesomeness. The sub is getting a lot of use on 808 kicks. The mid bands provide excellent transparency. The 2.5k provides very clear bite on vocals. The AIR BAND is as legendary as ever! It's an epic 500 series unit.”

    Dave Pensado

    (Black Eyed Peas, Justin Timberlake)

    "Every hit, every #1, every Grammy mix I have EVER DONE has featured Maag EQs. The EQ4 is my current favorite product from Maag Audio. I use it to EQ vocals, drums, acoustic instruments and of course the stereo buss.”

    David Reitzas

    (Madonna, Celine Dion, Guns N' Roses)

    "I've been using the Maag equipment since 1994. It's the main thing I go to for everything."

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    great for vocals and mix buss
    by P. Keereman(Sunday 17 July, 2016)

    I really like this eq, especially on vocals, but also on the mix buss. Read More

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    Excellent Eq
    by j. king(Thursday 14 July, 2016)

    The maag Eq Is very clean,It give's shine and warmth to my mix especially on the vocals,It definitely a must have eq for the home studio,I am very pleased with It and do recommend It to all engineers and producers. Read More

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    Adds life to your mixes!
    by J. Barry(Wednesday 13 July, 2016)

    Especially guitars and vocals -- WOW, just wow. It's subtle and musical just gorgeous and sweet. Works for bass and snare. It's not surgical like other EQ's but it gives such life that I consider it more essential than some of the more popular and expensive EQ's. I can't mix without it. Read More

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    by Z. McLeod(Sunday 10 July, 2016)

    I have known about this EQ for years,but really could not afford it . With the recent UAD sale, I got it at a great price ! Very good sound,very close to the analog unit. Loving it so far. Read More

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    Useful EQ
    by C. vonSneidern(Tuesday 5 July, 2016)

    The EQ frequency points are in good places. Like the Harrison 32C EQ, it's simple enough to use on the fly when keeping moving in a mix, instead of opening a parametric and possibly getting lost in choice. Of course the Air band is something to explore. I've used this on vocals, guitars,… Read More

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Features & Specs

Key Feature Bullets

  • Exacting emulation of the Maag EQ4®
  • Six bands of equalization, including the famous AIR BAND®
  • Provides unparalleled transparency and top end presence while maintaining the true natural sound of the original signal
  • The vocal sound of Madonna, Celine Dion, Snoop Dogg, and the Black Eyed Peas
  • Endorsing producers include David Reitzas, Dave Pensado, and Dylan Dresdow 
  • EQ adjustments are obtained with minimal phase shift
  • Additional Trim Control (not found on the hardware), for easier level control
  • Constructed for demanding professional applications
  • The interaction of the band passes of the hardware has been fully captured in the plug-in version

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Parameter Specifications

  • In / Out (Power): discrete 2 step, On / Off 
  • Level Trim: continuous: -24 dB – 0 dB (Output)
  • Sub (Gain): discrete 21 step, -5.0 - 5.0 (value does not equal dB; in 0.5 steps)
  • 40 Hz (Gain): discrete 21 step, -5.0 - 5.0 (value does not equal dB; in 0.5 steps)
  • 160 Hz (Gain): discrete 21 step, -5.0 - 5.0 (value does not equal dB; in 0.5 steps)
  • 650 Hz (Gain): discrete 21 step, -5.0 - 5.0 (value does not equal dB; in 0.5 steps)
  • 2.5 kHz (Gain): discrete 21 step, -5.0 - 5.0 (value does not equal dB; in 0.5 steps)
  • Air Gain: discrete 21 step, 0 - 10.0 (value does not equal dB; in 0.5 steps)
  • Air Band (Frequency): discrete 6 step (Off, 2.5 kHz, 5 kHz, 10 kHz, 20 kHz, 40 kHz)
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Docs

Maag EQ4 Manual

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